2021 - 2022 High School Schedule

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2021-2022 High School Class Descriptions

 

Sample High School Course Plan:

While homeschoolers in Texas are not required to complete any specified course plan other than a bona fide visual study of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship, the Texas Education Agency's Recommended High School Program may give you a starting point.

The TEA Recommended High School Program consists of 26 credits. The Core Recommended Course Sample is:

  • 4 credits of English/Language Arts, including English 1 and English 2

  • 3 credits of Mathematics, including Algebra I and Geometry

  • 3 credits of Science, including Biology

  • 3 credits of Social Studies, including World History, U.S. History (1877 to present), ½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics

  • 1 credit of Physical Education

  • 1 credit of Fine Arts

  • 5 ½ credits of Electives

  • 2 credits of Foreign Language Studies

CG High School Course Plan:

At CG we plan to offer an opportunity to take all of the Core Recommended Courses listed above.​Classes will be subject to teacher availability and interest level.

Yearly Classes:
Some classes, like English, Math, Science and History are offered every year regardless of class size.

Writing Classes - (Multiple Writing classes and Literary Analysis)

Math Classes - (Algebra I, Geometry, & Algebra II)

Science Classes - (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology) 

Spanish - (1 and 2) 

Rotational Classes:
The following classes are in a rotation plan for every other year

Math: Personal Finance, a Consumer Math class

Science: Physics

Social Studies: World History, Government/Economics (rotates with US History) 

Worldview (rotates with Apologetics)



 

WRITING/LITERATURE

4 years of English are needed to graduate:
English 1, 2, and two advanced English courses.

 

English 1

Teacher:​ Krista Barker

Grade:​ 9th or higher

Class Fee​: $10

Minimum number of students​ 4

Maximum number of students ​12

Class Description: This is an IEW based writing. This curriculum teaches students to write outlines that summarize given paragraphs which they will then use to write their own papers. They will be instructed on how to organize their topics to write in a way that will capture the reader's attention and keep it. The curriculum will help them build on their current writing skills.  

 

This is a tried and true curriculum that has been around for some time. Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week along with their Bible, as these are Bible-based writings.  They will be given homework assignments to be completed each week via Google Classroom (I will send invites to the classroom prior to school starting). If the student does not have good internet service we will make arrangements.  

 

Text and supplies:

  1. IEW Bible-Based Writing, student book with vocabulary card set is included with book purchase: https://iew.com/shop/products/bible-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only)

  2. Bible

  3. Index cards for writing vocabulary words unless you have bought a new book (they are included)

  4. A homework folder

  5. A folder for holding any papers given to the student by the teacher

  6. You should not need a notebook if papers are turned in online. All writing assignments will need to be saved. The student will be referring back to previous writings from time to time.

 

It is also recommended that you use the Grammar Fix it curriculum at home, but it is not required. The teaching emphasis in this class is on writing styles rather than a grammar curriculum. I have found that students who do the Grammar Fix It along with the writing curriculum get a more rounded English Curriculum, although common grammar errors will be discussed.

 

English 2

Teacher:​ Jennifer Flanders

Grade: ​10th or above. (must have completed English 1)

Class Fee​: $11

Minimum number of students​ 3

Maximum number of students ​6

Class Description: This will be IEW based writing. Teaching students to outline and summarize specific readings and then outline and write their own papers building and maturing their writing skills.  This is a tried and true curriculum that has been around for some time.  Students will be responsible for bringing their IEW book to class each week.  There will be writing homework to be completed each week.

Text and supplies:

  1. IEW Advanced US History Based Writing, student book with vocabulary card set (this set is included with book purchase: https://iew.com/shop/products/advanced-us-history-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only)

  2. a set of highlighters (unless student is proficient at highlighting on the computer.)

  3. a copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin about midway through the year. (buy, rent, or check out – will be used for about 4 months)

Note: a folder to hand in work will be provided to students. It is also recommended that you use the Grammar Fix it curriculum at home, but it is not required.

 

English 3 College Preparatory 

Teacher: Abbie Halberstadt

Prerequisite:  CG English 2 or the equivalent thereof.

Class Fee: $10 per semester

Course Description:

FALL semester is a study of and practice in writing processes, from invention and researching to drafting, revising, and editing, both individually and collaboratively. Emphasis is on correct grammar usage, required MLA formatting and documentation, good logic, smooth transition, solid and effective examples and details, and effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Essay genres include descriptive, narrative, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, definition, argumentative, process, researched & documented persuasive, and literary analysis. The class focuses on writing the academic essay as a vehicle for gaining competence and confidence ineffective communication and critical analysis.  

SPRING semester is a course in readings and writings, based upon a study of longer works of literature. Students read, study, and respond in formal essays to four classic works. Classroom time involves discussion and note-taking for the purpose of literary analysis. Homework involves reading of texts and of assigned notes, note-taking, and composing of literary analyses. The emphasis of composition is on critical observation and thinking, proper understanding and application of literary devices, correct grammar usage, required MLA formatting and documentation, good logic, smooth transition, solid and effective examples and details, and effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. The class focuses on good reading exposure as a tool for comprehension of aspects of literature, enhancement of vocabulary and expression, and exposure to and application of life principles. 

Student Learning Outcomes:                                                                                    

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of individual and collaborative writing processes

  • develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution 

  • write in a style appropriate to the audience and purpose

  • read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts

  • read, reflect, and respond critically to a variety of texts, styles, themes, characters

  • demonstrate knowledge of the critical analysis writing process

  • develop ideas with appropriate support and attribution 

  • write in a style appropriate to the audience and purpose

 

FALL Educational Materials (Bring these to class daily):

McWhorter, Kathleen T. Successful College Writing, 6th or 7th edition.  Downloadable and used versions seem to run about $20.

SPRING Educational Materials (Bring these to class daily):

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Required Supplies and Accesses:

  • Spiral notebook with pockets 

  • 3 basic folders with pockets (no brads) – one green, one yellow, one red 

  • Pencils, blue or black and red pens, and a yellow highlighter 

  • 1 pkg. 3 X 5 note cards and 1 pkg. 4 X 6 cards/paper clips or small stapler/plastic sack for cards

  • Small post-it notes

  • Access to computer with MS Word, internet for research, and email   

         (for communication and transfer of essays)

  • Access to 8th edition MLA handbook is recommended


 

Literary Analysis/ Advanced English

Teacher: TBD 

Grade: 9th or above; (recommended to have completed English 1 and English 2 but can be taking Eng 2 concurrently.)

This class is rotational each year and will include different literature, poetry, and short stories; however, the format for the class will remain the same.

Class Fee: $10 supply fee 

Maximum: 8 students

Minimum: 2

Class Objectives:  To improve vocabulary, literary analysis, critical reading and comprehension skills. Exposure to literature. 

Students will participate in rhetorical discussions of weekly reading assignments. In addition to reading assignments, there will be accompanying comprehension questions, analysis, and basic research as appropriate. 

Literature required: TBA

Other important information:

All assignments will be graded according to the high school policy guidelines in the Cottage Garden policy form. There will be weekly homework assignments, class discussions, quizzes, and perhaps other special projects, per syllabus. Students will be required to keep up with weekly work by efficient use of syllabus, email, or text. Estimated homework time: Approximately 1 hour per day.

 

MATH

 

3 math classes are required to graduate:
Algebra 1, Geometry plus 1 other. 

It is recommended that college-bound students take 4 Math classes.
(All math classes will use Math-U-See curriculum) 

 

Algebra 1

Teacher: Becky Berry
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: The student MUST have successfully completed a Pre-Algebra curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math. **Prerequisites: Students who did not complete Pre-Algebra at Cottage Garden must complete a placement test before registering for this class. Please see the high school coordinator for a copy of the test and instructions for administering it.  The teacher will review the placement test results and let the parent know if the student is ready for Algebra I or if there are skills the student can work on over the summer to be prepared for the class in the fall.

Class fee: $10

Maximum in this class: 8

Minimum: 1

Objectives of this class:​ To expose the student to graphing, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, unit multipliers, and more.

Description of the general class format: Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students by lecture and worked examples. Students will be asked to practice-related problems in class and demonstrate to the teacher that they understand the concepts.

Description of homework activities:​

Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 45-60 min of work per day.

Textbook/supplies:

  1. Math-U-See Algebra 1 Student Pack, $44. 

  2. a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized

  3. pencils

These items along with their workbook MUST be brought to each class.

Other important information:​

Students will be expected to complete ALL assigned homework. 

***Parental involvement is very important in proctoring tests as well as checking daily assignments​.***

Grading​: Grading will be based on a combination of daily homework and exams and adhere to the high school grading policies as described in the policy form.  

Geometry

Teacher: Becky Berry

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:​ The student MUST have successfully completed an Algebra I curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place.

The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math.

Class fee:​ $10

Maximum number of students in this class:​ 8

Minimum number of students: ​1

Objectives of this class:​ To equip the student with the ability to understand geometry concepts and successfully solve geometry problems and to establish a self-image of being capable and prepared for higher math.

Description of the general class format:​ Math-U-See Geometry has three main areas of emphasis. They are: the vocabulary of geometry, practical applications of geometry, and traditional geometry, including proofs. Topics include lines, angles, area, perimeter, volume, Pythagorean theorem, axioms and postulates, congruency, and similarity. An introduction to trigonometric functions is included to prepare students for testing they may do before taking a trigonometry course. Concepts for the week will be introduced to the students via classroom instruction. Classroom time will also include the practice of the introduced concept.

Description of homework activities:

​Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 1/2 hour of work per day. Students will take weekly tests at home.

Textbook/supplies:

  1. Math-U-See Geometry Student Pack, $44  

  2. a 1.5” - 2” binder with paper to keep notes and copies organized

  3. a scientific calculator

  4. protractor

  5. compass

  6. pencils

These items along with their workbook MUST be brought to each class.

***​Parents will need to proctor tests and grade by marking problems correct or incorrect. ​The teacher will then look over missed problems to help students understand their mistakes. ***

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Algebra 2

Teacher: Jennifer Flanders
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: ​The student MUST have successfully completed an Algebra I curriculum. The student should solidly have multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction facts in place. The student needs to have a good understanding of fractions and other basic concepts of math.
Prerequisites:​ ​Students who did not complete Algebra I at Cottage Garden must complete a placement test before registering for this class. Please see the high school coordinator for a copy of the test and instructions for administering it.
Class fee:​ $10
Maximum:​ ​8
Minimum:​ ​1
Objectives of this class: ​To equip the student with the ability to factor polynomials, use the quadratic formula, graph conic sections, and understand other algebra 2 topics
Description of the general class format:​ Concepts for the week will be covered by the instructor. During some classes, students will be called to the board to practice-related problems and demonstrate their understanding of the material.
Description of homework activities: ​
Students will have homework assignments that must be completed each day. Expect about 1 hour of work per day. There are five problem sets to do per week, plus an honors assignment (that one will count as extra credit) and a multiple-choice exam, which should be taken ​closed-book at home under parental supervision​. Students should be aware that partial credit can be awarded for missed test problems only if they show their work on the problem in question.

Please note:​ ​

***Parents will be expected to check their student’s homework assignments every week before it is turned in and will need to circle any questions that do not match the answer key!! Solutions that do not match the answer key exactly are not necessarily wrong – sometimes a student’s answer will be in a different but still perfectly acceptable form. Circling non-matching problems simply alerts the teacher she needs to check the work on those problems and award credit for what (if any) part of the problem the student got right. Parents do not need to check the test solutions or assign a grade to any of the student’s work – the teacher will do that.

Textbook/supplies: ​

  1. Math-U-See Algebra 2 Student Pack, $44

  2. a folder with pockets and prongs for tuning in work (the teacher will provide this folder; students just need to bring it to Cottage Garden and turn it in before class).

  3. pencils

Other important information: ​

The textbook and all supplies are to be brought to class each week.

Students will be expected to complete ALL assigned homework.   

Grading:

Grading will be based on a combination of daily homework and exams and adhere to the high school grading policies as described in the policy form.

 

SCIENCE

3 sciences are required to graduate; Biology and 2 others.
It is recommended that college-bound students take 4 sciences.

 

Physical Science

Teacher: Leslie Breeden
Grade: 8th/9th
Cost: $10 per student per semester
Maximum # of Students:     10          

Skills Needed: This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology.  It is recommended for 8th or 9th grade students who have completed General Science and Pre-Algebra and will be concurrently taking Algebra 1.  Math skills used in this course include converting measurement units, graphing, rearranging and solving equations, and multiplying and dividing fractions.  Students should display a maturity level appropriate for high school level work and be able to keep up with the workload. 

Class Description: The text discusses the atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds, reactions and energy, motion, forces, energy, waves and sound, light, electricity and magnetism, and Earth’s structure, weathering, and atmosphere.

Class Format: Class time is devoted to discussing, performing, and recording experiments, as well as reviewing material from each module.

Homework: Students are provided a daily schedule of reading assignments and homework questions.  Assignments for each module may include Notes and Practice, OYO Questions, Lab Reports, Study Guides, and Tests.  Projects may also be incorporated into the class.  Occasionally, students/parents perform experiments at home that are not completed in class because of time.  The class pace is ½ module per week.  The required time is approximately 1 hour per day at home.

Required Textbooks:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 3rd edition

Solutions and Tests Manual, 3rd edition

Additional Supplies:  scientific calculator, 1” binder, package of 5 dividers


 

Biology

Teache​r: Jeri Prestidge
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class​: This is a high school Biology credit, traditionally offered as a Freshman-level science class.
Prerequisite​: Successful completion of Physical Science is recommended prior to taking Biology.
Class Fee:​ $20 per semester
Maximum:​ 15
Minimum​: 3
Objectives of this class:​ This Biology class includes the study of life from a Christian perspective. This includes bacteria, chemistry of life, the cell, genetics, evolution, ecosystems, and animal and plant kingdoms.
Description of the general class format:​ Most of the class time will be spent performing lab experiments and module discussion with powerpoint. We will use the microscope often, conduct experiments weekly, and participate in four dissections during the year.
Description of enrichment or homework activities​:
50% of students grade will include this required work:

  • Daily reading at home while answering​ OYO​ (On your Own)

  • Memorizing of terms from the book

  • Completing​ Study guides

  • Writing ​lab reports​ as assigned

  • Completing ​test guide

  • Possible pop quiz and projects

50% of students' grades: will come from Module tests. These tests will be taken at home, supervised by
the parent and returned to the teacher to be graded.
Estimated homework time​: will vary according to the student, but approximately 1 hour per day.​
Textbook/workbook information:​
https://www.apologia.com/product/apologia-basic-set-biology-3rd-edition/
Exploring Creation with Biology​ by Jay L. Wile, 3rd Edition, Apologia textbook plus Solutions, and Test manual.
Other important information​:
The teacher will grade chapter tests and keep records of all grades, including homework listed above. Parents will be notified of a student's progress each grading period. If students fall behind, they will be asked to transfer out of the class. No late work is accepted. Please see the policy form.

 

Botany

Teacher​: Darlene Rappazzo

Suitable ages, abilities, or skills:​ High school students 

Class Fee​: $30

Maximum: 12 

Minimum number: 3

Objectives of this class​:

Learn about plants and nature! We will use the basic outline and booklist from Guest Hollow’s Botany Curriculum. Botany is an overlooked topic that gets shoved into a chapter of biology and then forgotten. Plants affect and enrich so many parts of our lives! Our houses and clothes are made of plant materials. We eat plants. We enjoy their beauty. They provide us with medicines, fuel, perfume, dyes, paper and a variety of other products. They are tied to history and even our future. They are an integral part of our lives! This course is for any student who has a love for nature and plants. It’s also perfect as a pre-biology course (or post-biology!). Students will learn the science behind plants and to appreciate the myriad contributions plants make to our lives!

The Goals for this botany course are (Guesthollow.com): 

To understand scientific concepts concerning plants and appreciate many practical applications of plants

To learn how to identify many different plants, flowers, and trees

To learn some history and geography as it pertains to specific plants or plant discoveries

To be involved in the natural world on a more frequent basis

To keep a nature journal and learn some artistic skill that will help students reproduce their observations via drawings

To learn how to grow, cook, and use plants in a variety of ways

To learn about bees and worms

To hone observation skills, nurture an interest in the natural world, and encourage reflection on beautiful and interesting things

General Class Format​: 

Class time will consist of discussions, activities, experiments, cooking, artwork, nature journal, etc

Some of the topics to be covered are: Chocolate and Milton Hershey, Cooking with plants, Binomial nomenclature and classification of plants, Carl Linnaeus, Plant cells, Xylem & phloem, Stems, Roots and potatoes, Soil, Worms and bees, Peanuts and George Washington Carver, Leaves, Plant reproduction, Seeds, Cones and flowers, Bees and pollen, Fruits, Photosynthesis, Moving materials through plants, Regulating plant development and growth, Plant genetics, Characteristics of plants in different environments, Mosses and Ferns, Fungi, Gymnosperms, Angiosperms, Plant ecology and biomes, Symbiosis, Trees, Biotechnology, Plant uses and products, Plant diseases, Facts, geography, and history about many different plants, trees, and flowers, Understanding the Latin names of plants, Propagating plants, Food choices and how they impact health, John Muir, Drawing plants and flowers, Nature Journaling, and Learning how to identify plants
Textbook/workbook information: Botany in 8 Lessons by Ellen McHenry,
We will be reading from both fiction and nonfiction books 

 

Chemistry

Teacher: Stephen Permenter

Suitable ages, abilities, or skills: High school students who have successfully completed Algebra (A math readiness test will be given to students to help ensure readiness.)

Class Fee: $5

Maximum: 12

Minimum: 5

General Class Format: Generally, each class will consist of a lecture by the teacher to cover the main concepts in the module and a lab(s) to reinforce the concepts. Depending upon the school calendar and the number of labs in each module, there may be one or two lectures over each module. This is not enough time to cover all topics/sections, the lectures are intended to be a help in conquering difficult concepts and to help in calculations and application of concepts. It is very important that the student is prepared for each class, having read their assignments and attempted problems assigned as daily work. Students will be performing labs that are supervised by the lab instructor. It is the student's responsibility to maintain and care for equipment used for experiments. (See policy form concerning damaged equipment)

Objectives of this class:

To provide aid in understanding the basic concepts of chemistry for the high school student. To perform chemistry experiments in order to enhance the students' understanding of chemistry principles.

Description of the general class format:

Binders will be collected at the end of each module to check for the completion of work. Chemistry experiments will be performed most weeks & students will be required to complete a lab report on each experiment that is assigned. Lab reports will be graded on their content by the lab instructor.

If a student misses for any reason, including absence, the student must still write a lab report from the information given in the textbook.

Description of homework activities:

Students will be given a syllabus at the beginning of the year which will provide a suggested outline for their reading assignments, "On Your Own" (OYO) problems, and other daily work they are expected to complete, and the non-flexible due dates for module work and tests. If a student adheres to the reading/daily work schedule, they will be prepared to meet the deadlines for tests and module work. Each student should expect to spend 1 - 1 1/2 hours a day to complete their chemistry work.

Textbook/workbook information:

https://www.apologia.com/product/apologia-basic-set-chemistry-3rd-edition/

This is a NEW edition for CG, but this text has been available for a couple of years: Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry 3rd Edition textbook plus the Solutions & Test Manual.

[make sure you have the 3rd edition.]

NOTE: This is an upper-level class, therefore the teacher will assist in the learning process, but each parent is still ultimately responsible for the education of their own child. A parent may choose to read the book with their student. As the teacher, it is my goal to help your student succeed in chemistry.

Grading Method:

For most modules, 50% of the student’s grade will come from the daily work assigned and labs reports/lab participation and the other 50% of the grade will come from test grades. Late work will not be accepted. If absent, work should be mailed, emailed or texted to the teacher. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the due date.

 

​Anatomy and Physiology

Teacher: April McDonald
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This is an advanced biology course. It is intended for junior and senior level students. 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of biology. First-year chemistry is strongly recommended, but not required to take this class. Apologia does recommend taking chemistry first.
Class Fee: $40 per semester
Minimum to Maximum number of students: 3-10
Objectives of this class: This advanced biology course covers the anatomy and physiology of the human body's eleven organ systems in detail. We will learn the structure and function of the human body from the cellular to the organ system level.
Description of the general class format: Most of the class time will be lecture format. We will also use the microscope frequently and perform three dissections during the year.
Description of enrichment or homework activities:
Daily Work- 50% of the grade will include: Reading assignments, answering questions from the text, and completing a study guide for each module. Daily work must be checked by the parent or student prior to taking the test. Grades given will be for completion only.
Writing lab reports as assigned. These will be graded by the teacher.
Tests- 50% of student's grades will come from chapter tests.
These tests will be taken at home and returned to the teacher to be graded.
Estimated homework time: Will vary according to the student, but approximately one hour per day. A large portion of this course includes memorization. More time may be required for some students.
Textbook/Workbook information:
Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition by Marilyn M. Shannon & Rachael L. Yunis
Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Solutions and Test Manual
Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Edition Student Notebook (new)

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

3 Social Studies Credits are required:
World History;
US History (1877 to present);
½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics 

 

World History (from the “Modern Age”) and Current Events

Teacher:  Catherine Pratt
Grade:  9th or higher
Class Fee:  $15
Minimum/maximum number of students:  2 to 12

Class Description:  The two objectives of this class are to help high school students to understand world history and to help them assess current events and the implications these events will have on the world today and in the future.  

**The first component is WORLD HISTORY:  This class will cover the “modern age” of world history, briefly touching on the Industrial Age, then focusing mostly on the 20th Century, and concluding our school year with a look at the most recent world-impacting events of the last two decades.  History will be covered through reading two to three books each semester, as well as supplemental assigned readings (hand-outs, websites) and watching some assigned videos on the internet (videos from Prager University, Summit Ministries, and other trustworthy providers will be included).  The official booklist will be announced in a few weeks, but the types of books that may be included are Parallel Journeys, Red Scarf Girl, and The Killing Fields. Please do not purchase these books yet.  When the official booklist is complete, an email will be sent to all enrolled families.  

**The second component of the class is CURRENT EVENTS:  Each student will need to be enrolled in an approved internet news source such as “World Watch” (which has a daily ten-minute episode, including news briefs and feature stories, developed to help teens understand current events) or “The Epoch Times” or similar news service.  Students will watch “the news” on this website several days each week and will bring info on various current events that will be discussed in class. Students will see how current events connect with or even parallel events in history, which will help all to see the direction the world is going.  

BOTH WORLD HISTORY and CURRENT EVENTS will be discussed through a biblical worldview lens and other worldviews, such as Marxism, Communism, and Islam will be revealed as they have been blatantly responsible for historical and current events that have shaped the world. 

Description of homework activities: 

1.  Assigned readings and videos with follow-up written assignments. Approximately 2 to 3 hrs/wk.

2.  Watch 10 minutes of “current events” news four days each week and take notes on at least four news items. 

3.  Turn in written assignments and current events notes each week.  (Class discussions will include these assignments.)

4.  Each semester students will be assigned a “project” which will include a presentation connecting a current event with an historical event. (Details TBA.)

Required supplies: 

1.  One 2-inch, three-ring binder with dividers, paper, and pencils

2.  Books (four to six books will be assigned throughout the year; official booklist will be announced soon)

3.  Approved internet news service such as “World Watch” or “The Epoch Times”

Grades:

Coming to class with material read and assignments completed, participating in class discussions, having a respectful, learner’s attitude = 10% of the grade

The other 90% will be based on the following:

Weekly history assignments

Weekly current events notes

Approximately three quizzes and one test each semester 

One project each semester


 

US History

[USHistory will rotate each year with Gov/Economics]
Teacher: Jennifer Poorman
Class Fee: $40, including the required workbook
Age/Skill level: High school student
Objective: Come join us on an adventure as we race through the history of the United States. From the discovery of North America through the various wars and onto our modern era. The goal of this class is not a regurgitation of facts, but a delving deeper into events that shaped the US, and what we can learn from the past so that history does not repeat itself.
Homework expectations: Lots of reading from various books (worksheet pages, maps, and timeline) as well as links to short videos, with optional full-length videos to watch at the parents' discretion.
Grading:  Weekly quizzes over assigned literature. One subject-oriented paper per semester. There will be no tests. Grades will be based on classroom participation, demonstrated knowledge of content, weekly quizzes, and the semester paper. There will be much that is not covered in class but can be covered at home or used as additional resources. Homework should take 1 -1.5 hours per day depending on reading speed and all that is studied. A literature book will be required reading before school starts. It will be an interesting book.
Books:  The textbook is included in the class fee, but other literature will need to be obtained (likely from the library). The literature options are being decided upon. 


 

Foreign Language Offerings

{Foreign Language Studies is 2 credits} 

  

Spanish 1

Teacher:​ Nafisa Morris
Suitable ages:​ This is a high school level course but a JH student who has completed the JH Spanish class could be considered.  
Class Fee:​ $10/semester 
Textbook/workbook information​: Each student must have access to “Spanish I for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press. The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed. 
Minimum:​ 3 
Maximum​: 12 
General description of the class:​ Spanish 1 introduces students to beginning Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

 

Spanish 2

Teacher:​ Nafisa Morris
Suitable ages:​ This is a high school level course
Class Fee:​ $10/semester
Prerequisite: ​complete Spanish I or pass my Spanish I final exam
Textbook/workbook information:​ Each student must have access to “Spanish II for Christian Schools” 2nd edition Student Text by BJU press. The other materials offered by BJU are NOT needed.
Minimum:​ 3
Maximum:​ 12
General description of the class:​ Spanish 2 introduces students to conjugating verbs in Spanish. Students will learn how to ask and answer questions in Spanish, give and follow directions, purchase items, and make small talk. The textbook is rich with activities to help students gain confidence with the Spanish language.

 

HS Sign Language 1

Teacher: ​Meg Wingard

Class Fee: $10 

Suitable Ages/skill level:​ high school students - prerequisite none

Objective: ​ American Sign Language 1 is an introduction to American Sign Language (ASL). Includes basic grammar, vocabulary, fingerspelling, numbers, and cultural information related to the Deaf Community.

Class Description:​ This class will focus on learning sign language vocabulary. New vocabulary will be presented as well as how to use facial grammar and body language.  There will be assignments to practice for in-class presentations and tests every other month.

Textbook: ​ Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language by Ed. Valli, Clayton (Author)

Internet access is also needed to practice lessons at home.

Homework expectations: Students must practice at home to be successful. Students will have practice quizzes to do at home before coming to class.

 

Fine Arts

Requirement for Fine Arts is 1 Credit
(1 full year; may be different classes) 

JH/HS Drama

Teacher: Chanell Hague

Class Fee: $30

Requirements: This class is open to all acting levels and will be geared toward filling the needs and desires of each student in order to help them grow in their experience and love of theatre.

Overview: Drama will focus on stage performance covering acting fundamentals, etiquette on stage and off stage, acting & stage terms, acting exercises & techniques, acting preparation and warm-ups, scene study, character study, cast support, costumes & props, and there will be homework. At this time, I don't foresee a need for practices outside of regularly scheduled co-op classes. If that were to change, then parents will be notified in advance with details. This is a two-semester class in which we will be putting on a production at the end of the year. If your student does not want to perform in front of an audience, please do not have them enroll in this class, as it's a performing arts class. 

Grading Method: Each student will be graded on participation and will receive either a pass or fail. Attendance at the final performance is mandatory. They will have a lot of influence over how the class progresses and what we focus on in class, as well as what the final production will be. I look forward to working with your students!

Homework: Memorize lines for the performance.

 

 

JH/HS Studio Art 1

Teacher: Becky Helvey

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: Jr.High-High School
Class Fee: $35 per semester
Maximum: 10
Minimum: 4
Objectives of this class: The goal of the class is to encourage students in the area of art & creativity while they explore different mediums and techniques. Willingness to get involved in the creative process is a more important requirement than the student’s talent or previous experience.

Description of the general class format: This will be a course that will follow a three-year curriculum; Studio 1, Studio 2 and Studio 3. There is no prerequisite to enter the course, only listed in consecutive order so that a student does not repeat a class in following years at Cottage Garden. The class will be structured with 10 minutes of information/history about an artist followed by about 30 minutes of student exploration in the artist's technique, with the final few minutes used for cleaning up and sharing. The emphasis of the class is exploration. There will be consecutive weeks that we work on the same technique and project. Students will explore a variety of artists, art processes, and materials such as painting, drawing, chalk, mosaics, collage, & printing. The students will use class time exploring and developing skills in this creative endeavor.

Description of enrichment or homework activities: No written homework will be assigned. However, there may be times art will go home to be worked on and asked to bring back. Mrs. Helvey will also encourage students to participate in local competitions/art shows if the opportunities arise. Students will create and choose at least one piece of their artwork to display at the end of the year, Awards Ceremony.
Textbook/workbook information: Projects are taken from various textbooks, art websites, art lesson tutorials.
Other Important Information: Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various techniques. It is advised to have a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing.

 

JH/HS 3D Art Masters

Teacher: Rachel Wall

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This is a Jr. High/High school level class. 

Class Fee: $35

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number: 3

Description of enrichment or homework activities: There will be no homework required, but students may choose to do brainstorming, sketches, or find ideas at home for a project. No textbook is required. 

Course Description: Students enrolled in this course will explore the fundamentals of making art using various 3D mediums. Students will create a variety of projects using art mediums and techniques such as: ceramics, constructions, sculpture, pottery, collage, and relief art just to name a few. Students will also become aware of a variety of art styles, art periods, and artists throughout history. Art projects may be modified for more beginner students or built onto for more advanced students. 

Required supplies:  

All supplies will be included in the class fee

Other Important Information:

Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various 3D techniques. It is advisable to bring a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing. 

 

 

360 Degree Art Masters  (Advanced)

Teacher: Rachel Wall

Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class: This is a High school level class. 

Class Fee: $35

Maximum number of students in the class: 15

Minimum number: 3

Description of enrichment or homework activities: There will be no homework required, but students may choose to do brainstorming, sketches, or find ideas at home for a project. No textbook is required. 

Course Description: Students enrolled in this course will explore the fundamentals of making art using various 3D mediums. Students will create a variety of projects using art mediums and techniques such as: ceramics, constructions, sculpture, pottery, collage, and relief art just to name a few. Students will also become aware of a variety of art styles, art periods, and artists throughout history. Art projects are designed for more advanced students. 

Required supplies:  

All supplies will be included in the class fee

Other Important Information:

Students will be using different mediums as they explore the various 3D techniques. It is advisable to bring a smock or t-shirt to protect clothing. 

 

 

Floral Design

Teacher: Bridget Thompson
Class Fee: $30 per semester

Suitable for: High school and Junior High students

Class Description: Students will learn the basic mechanics of professional Floral Design. The course covers Elements of design, materials used in the field, and specific techniques used in arranging flowers and corsages. Technical skills in floral design will also be developed. 

 

 

Photography

Teacher: Lacey Lowry
Credit:: ½ credit; Fall class
Class Fee: $15
Maximum: 12
Minimums: 4
Description of the general class format:  This is a beginner digital photography course, it is meant to help you understand your digital camera. The goal is to learn the basic functions of your camera so you can shoot in manual mode.

Description of homework assignments:   Throughout the course, you’ll complete a series of photo projects that will help you practice the skills you are learning.  (When given an assignment, the photos will be assigned to be text to the teacher, uploaded to a Shutterfly account, and at times need to be printed & brought to class.) There may be some reading that will be required weekly. I am estimating that this will take an hour or two a week, the more the student puts into taking photos the more they will get out of this class.  I will be looking for any photo contests we might be able to participate in by mail.  If you have knowledge of any contests, please let me know.  This is not for sure, but it would be a good opportunity for others to give our students an honest opinion of their work.

Required Textbook/ Equipment :

- The Students will need a digital camera that is able to be placed in Manual mode.

           - Access to an electronic device to upload photos to a class account, likely Shutterfly.

- Digital Photography Complete Course by David Taylor

Link from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Digital-Photography-Complete-Course-Taylor/dp/1465436073/ref=pd_cp_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1465436073&pd_rd_r=3YB8F3ND0FXYVGD90N08&pd_rd_w=xtW7k&pd_rd_wg=4BmTh&psc=1&refRID=3YB8F3ND0FXYVGD90N08

 

Yearbook

Teacher: Lacey Lowry
Class Fee: none
Minimum number of students in the class: 3
Students will need a camera or a smartphone to be able to take photos and upload them to the teacher. Everyone will take photos of Cottage Garden students and staff throughout the semester, and they will design a yearbook that will be available for everyone to purchase.

There will be minimal homework. Students will need to keep their photos uploaded and might be asked to work on or design a page from home.

Required Textbook/Equipment:  Students will need access to be able to upload their photos to a website such as Shutterfly.


Electives

Recommendation for Electives is 5 ½ Credits
(any combination of full-year or semester courses)

 

Web design & Development

Teacher: David Herndon
Cost: $10

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This introductory course will teach you how to build a basic website. In this course, we will build a website using a web technology called WordPress. WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites. It can build almost anything you imagine: blog, portfolio, website, or online store. In this class you will learn how to create your own website with this powerful and open-source publishing platform. You will learn how to create and publish posts and pages; create and edit blocks, and define reusable content blocks to take full advantage of the new block editor codenamed "Gutenberg."

TOPICS INCLUDE

1. Installing WordPress

2. Creating posts and pages

3. Formatting text

4. Publishing and scheduling posts

5. Adding images, audio, and video

6. Bulk editing posts and pages

7. Working with reusable blocks

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Learn and practice working as a team

2. Learn the fundamentals of web design

3. Plan the content, structure, and layout of your website

4. Learn how to deploy your first web page to the world wide web

REQUIREMENTS

1. The Internet will be required for certain classes

2. Personal laptop: Mac or PC with charger

3. Ability and permission to install the required software

4. Maintain out of class communications on Google classroom

 

High School Robotics 

Teacher: Penny Jones

Class fee:  $20

This class will focus on building and programming the Lego EV3 MINDSTORM Robot utilizing the Educational Version.  Students will learn the building process and coding for the autonomous computer system. They will be required to develop methods, solve tasks in class and to implement team-working skills.  Potential for outside of Cottage Garden competitions may be available if students want to challenge themselves further in the project.  (Example: https://youtu.be/Dxkt2FiswPU  2020 Ag Robotics Competition video from Fort Worth Stock Show)

 

This will be a graded class as it qualifies as one of two options on the TEA High School Graduation Requirements: 1.) Course one of two req. for Foreign Language - Computer Programing or 2.) STEM Endorsement approved course. (Note - the EV3 robot is used in the underclassmen classes for college engineering and computer science majors at many universities). 

 

Materials: Laptop or iPad is advised for this class. 3D modeling and programming software download.  

 

 

Permaculture

Teacher: Mellissa Jones
Class Fee: $15

Class Description: Permaculture began as permanent agriculture, an ethical, sustainable food system, but was expanded to be an ethical design science and provide stability for permanent cultures. Permaculture helps us see the problem can be an opportunity for improvement that can be limited only by our imaginations. It shows how to work with nature instead of against it to yield better results. 

The students will learn about behaviors of nature, elements of nature, soil, fungi, trees and climate and how it impacts growing food. Students will design their own gardens, yards, and beyond. 

There will be minimal homework if any. I think most of the activities in the workbook can be done in class. The chapters are easy reading for high schoolers. 

Textbook/supplies: Permaculture Student 1 by Matt Power, a free download can be found here https://www.thepermaculturestudent.com/get-the-permaculture-student-1-free, on the home page. A paperback book is also available if you prefer.
The Permaculture Student, the Workbook (not book 2)
Spiral notebook

 

Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking

Teacher:​ Daniel Burnett

Grade:​ 9th and up. 

Class Fee​: $75 will include materials needed for building projects

Minimum number of students​: 2 per class

Maximum number of students: ​5 per class

Class Description: This class is a high-level overview of shop safety/first aid, wood structure, types of woodworking hand tools, their use and project design/layout. Text for the class will be provided. Homework will be light and in handout form. This is a Pass/Fail class. 

 

Things to bring. 

safety glasses. $4 at Lowe’s or HomeDepot. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Radians-Radians-Mirage-Safety-Eyewear-Clear/5001237271 Or https://www.homedepot.com/p/ERB-I-Fit-Flex-orange-Temple-Clear-Lens-16267/303984256 

Three-ring binder. 

Pencil. 

Sharpie. 

Close-toed shoes  

A good attitude and a desire to learn about hand tool woodworking. 

Things to Know

Woodworking tools are inherently sharp. The potential for lacerations is very real. Applicable safety practices will be taught and each student must follow them at all times. Horseplay will not be tolerated.

We will construct two shop projects for use during the class and the students will take them home at the end of the year.

All tools and materials will be supplied. 

Long hair will need to be pulled back and secured. 

Loose clothing will need to be secured. 

Jewelry will need to be removed during class. 

This class is moderately physical. It will require pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, standing, grasping and lifting up to 25 lbs. For female students, dresses are not recommended however all accommodations will be made as needed to promote modesty. For any additional accommodations please ask. I don’t want anyone to miss out. 


 

HS Boys Sports

Instructor: Tom Quezada​
Suitable ages, abilities, or skill level needed for this class:​ High School boy
Class Fee: $5 per semester
Maximum Number of Students:​ 20
Minimum Number of Students:​ 4
Description​: The class will learn sports such as football, kickball, dodgeball, baseball, etc. Students do not need to be proficient in any sport. 
Goal:  ​teach boys team building, team camaraderie, rules of sports and provide a way of getting exercise.

JH/HS Beginning and Intermediate Swords:

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert
Suitable for:​ JH or High School students, 12 years old and up.  This is for anyone who has never had any sword lessons from me. We will cover Beginner instructions the first semester, and intermediate the second.
Class Fee:​ $30 per semester; (Additional $25 for students without a sword – 1-time fee.)
Maximum class:​ 8 Minimum class:​ 3
Objective:​ ​Students will learn the basic fundamentals of theatrical sword fighting in a fun and safe environment.
Supplies needed:  gloves (Can be leather work gloves. These can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc.)

 

JH/HS Fight Building and Combat: (swords #2)

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert
Prerequisite: These students needed to have completed the Beginning and Intermediate Swords class.
Class Fee:​ $30 per semester
Maximum class:​ 8 Minimum class:​ 3
Objective:​ ​Students will learn more advanced fundamentals of theatrical sword fighting in a fun and safe environment.
Supplies needed:  gloves (Can be leather work gloves. These can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc.)

 

Assorted Weapon and Saber: (swords #3)

Instructor:​ Jaci Luebbert
Prerequisite: These students needed to have completed the Beginning and Intermediate Swords class as well as Fight Building and Combat.
Class Fee:​ $30 per semester
Maximum class:​ 8 Minimum class:​ 3
Objective: In this class, the students will learn to fight with an assortment of different weapons safely and incorporate them in their theatrical fights.
Supplies needed:  gloves (Can be leather work gloves. These can be purchased at Tractor Supply or Walmart. No fingerless gloves or bicycle gloves, etc.)

 

Advanced Cake Decorating

Teacher: April McDonald
Prerequisite: This high school level class will be for students that have taken a previous CG cake decorating class and are serious about cake decorating.
Fee 35.00 per student
Max number: 10 students
Description of enrichment or homework activities: Homework would be the students will need to bring baked goods and icing to cover the cake of some kind (which the teacher will discuss with them beforehand) for classes to decorate them with what we have learned.
Course description:  We will be working on advanced cake decorating techniques that will build upon what they have learned in the previous class.  We will learn to make fondant/gum paste flowers that look realistic.  How to make/store/use royal icing for cakes/cookies/flowers.  We will also discuss/learn the trending techniques that are popular today with the thought that if they are asked to make a cake they are well prepared.
Supplies: All supplies will be included in the class fee (with the exception of the what the student will make at home to bring to class to decorate)

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